Tax

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White & Case loses third partner to Bakers this year

Baker McKenzie has picked up its third lateral partner from White & Case this year, in a move intended to further boost its City corporate and tax departments. Prabhu Narasimhan is moving to Bakers, having joined White & Case in 2008. He made partner at the firm in 2015, becoming a member of its tax […]

Weil Gotshal targets Deloitte Legal for Warsaw team hire

The Warsaw office of Weil Gotshal & Manges has brought in a new tax team from the legal unit of Deloitte Legal, as speculation mounts over the fate of the US firm’s CEE office. A team led by tax partner Leszek Tokarski, including tax specialists Maciej Kostrzewski and Artur Ciechomski, joined the US firm’s Warsaw premises […]

Stewarts adds firepower in tax disputes with partner hire

Stewarts has brought in three new lawyers, including one partner, to boost its tax litigation and investigations team. James Le Gallais has joined the firm as a partner from Peters & Peters. He already has significant instructions in commercial tax litigation, including the multi-million-pound action against funding company Ingenious Media. Le Gallais will bring expertise […]

Shard

Dechert tax partner leaves firm after just two years

Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie is switching over to another US firm in London, in a move that will reunite her with former colleagues from Kirkland & Ellis. Scobie, who left Kirkland for Dechert in 2017, is moving across to Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s London office, where she will work with Kirkland alumna Claire McDaid, […]

VAT grouping and claims for reimbursement of unlawfully charged VAT

The Court of Appeal has today unanimously dismissed appeals by various appellants in a number of proceedings heard together which raised issues about the entitlement to recover unlawfully charged VAT from HMRC in the context of the UK’s VAT grouping provisions. In particular, the appeals concerned who was entitled to bring a s.80 claim for […]

BMW and HMRC victorious in tax battle with banks

Lloyds Bank, MG Rover and Standard Chartered have lost an attempt to win back overpaid taxes, with Norton Rose Fulbright client HMRC and BMW successfully appealing a previous first-tier tribunal decision. There were several battles incorporated into this one case, seen to be critical in the run-up to Brexit as the prevailing law is EU […]

Norton Rose Fulbright pair leave for KPMG

KPMG is continuing its push into the legal market with the raid of two partners from Norton Rose Fulbright‘s international network. The hires include corporate tax partner Angela Savin, who has joined KPMG’s tax litigation and disputes team in London, and Sydney -based Zein El Hassan, who helmed the firm’s financial services risk advisory team in Australia […]

Luxembourg

Clifford Chance beefs up in Luxembourg with DLA hire

Clifford Chance has brought in its latest new recruit to its Luxembourg office, hiring DLA Piper’s local tax head Geoffrey Scardoni to the team. The move highlights the growing importance of Luxembourg as a hub for financial services companies and asset managers, particularly as the UK prepares to leave the European Union this March. In response to […]

HMRC

HMRC finds a new legal head from Defra

HM Revenue and Customs has appointed a new general counsel, taking on the legal director of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Alan Evans will take on the top legal role at HMRC on 1 January 2019, advising on all aspects of tax law and leading its litigation team. He will also be […]

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